|Walworth County expected to ban concealed weapons in county buildings|
|Written by Todd Mishler/Walworth County Sunday|
|Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:10|
Amanda Ford looks over handguns for sale at Dam Road Gun Shop in Delavan Township. Although the state’s carrying concealed weapon law goes into effect Nov. 1, some places, like Walworth County buildings will be off limits to concealed weapons. Terry Mayer/staff
ELKHORN — Concealed weapons won't be allowed in Walworth County owned buildings if an ordinance passes the county board Oct. 11 as expected. The Walworth County Board of Supervisors’ Executive Committee on Sept. 19 unanimously approved a draft ordinance prohibiting firearms in county facilities.
With the state’s new carrying concealed weapon law scheduled to take effect Nov. 1, the committee — Dave Weber, Dan Kilkenny, Rich Brandl, Randy Hawkins and Nancy Russell — moved the measure ahead with one small revision concerning the shooting range.
The ordinance, Chapter 16-5, currently states: “No person, except a law enforcement officer, may carry, possess or control a firearm within, or directed at, the confines of any county-owned structure, including but not limited to, the Government Center, Health and Human Services, Judicial Center, Lakeland Health Care Center, Lakeland School, Public Works Department and Sheriff’s Office.”
The full board is scheduled to take up the ordinance, which requires a majority vote to pass, at its next regular meeting, which will be Oct. 11. However, Weber said it could be discussed at the special board meeting Thursday.
“We have the support of the sheriff’s office and the public works director,” Weber said. “Personally, I’m very concerned with anything that promotes arming more people with more guns in our society, because the more you have, the more potential for problems.
“You certainly can’t legislate against emotional outbursts of somebody doing something. Instances like that always end in tragedy.”
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|Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2011 12:11|